George Rucker's Newsletter for August 2, 2016

Another week,

Q: What did the mother duck say to the little duck?

A: If you don't behave, I'm gonna quack you one.

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Anaheim Mighty Duck super star, Teemu Selanne, had never had his father see him play professional hockey. He was thrilled to have his father visit him recently to watch him play.


In honor of the occasion, his good friend, Mikkail Shtalenkov, arranged a special banquet at the renowned local Scandinavian restaurant, Gustav Anders, where a noted chef, Anders Strandberg, prepared a gourmet dinner of the Selanne's favorite Finnish dishes.


In addition to the entire Mighty Ducks team and staff, Disney and Orange County dignitaries attended with the entire tab being picked up by the Duck goalie.


It was a huge success. The Orange County Register reported the next day that it was certainly a dinner worthy of . . .  the father, the son and the goalie host.


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Thanks to Adult Coloring Books, There’s a Global Pencil Shortage - from http://mentalfloss.com/article/82538


Whether you feel inspired to scribble in the characters of Chuck Palahniuk or Lisa Frank, there’s a coloring book out there for you. The widely popular adult coloring book trend seems like it’d be great news for pencil companies, but the Independent reports that some major manufacturers are struggling to satisfy the demand.


Workers at Faber-Castell’s factory in Germany have been forced to run extra shifts in order to keep up with production. The world’s largest wooden pencil producer is reportedly seeing double-digit growth in artists’ pencils sales and has boosted its supply significantly compared to the previous year.


Faber-Castell isn’t the only company that’s been impacted by the fad—the European manufacturer Staedtler and Stabilo has reported a colored pencil shortage, as have suppliers in Brazil. According to The Washington Post, overall colored pencil sales spiked by about 26 percent in 2015—a significant change from the past three years, during which growth never exceeded 7.2 percent. In response to the increasing amount of adult customers, some companies like Crayola are now selling adult coloring books and pencils as a package deal.


Demand for higher quality pencils and larger sets has also risen. Sandra Suppa from Faber-Castell told the Independent, “People are now not satisfied with ‘just’ 36 colors and we are noticing a trend in people preferring bigger sets of 72 or even 120 colors for coloring.”


If you've somehow avoided joining the coloring book bandwagon, it’s not too late to  start-just make sure to stock up on pencils while they're still on the shelves.


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Last week I made a very good recipe which was liked by both Patty and me.  It is a Hawaiian recipe using very few ingredients.  I used two large breasts which was more than enough.

Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs from www.Allrecipes.com

Ingredients

    3 tablespoons soy sauce

    3 tablespoons brown sugar

    2 tablespoons sherry

    1 tablespoon sesame oil

    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

    8 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 2 inch pieces

    1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained

    skewers

Directions

    In a shallow glass dish, mix the soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, sesame oil, ginger, and garlic powder. Stir the chicken pieces and pineapple into the marinade until well coated. Cover, and marinade in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.

    Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

    Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken and pineapple alternately onto skewers. Grill 15 to 20 minutes, turning occasionally, or until chicken juices run clear.

I also found that this marinade is great for chicken on the grill.

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The other day I was talking about nuns that while we were youths, would use “clickers” or some would call “crickets to organize us.  It was a click to kneel, sit or stand etc.  I decided to see if I could order one for old time sake.  The reason they are no longer in stores is they pose a choking hazard for young children.  Every one I personally had during my life could easily fit through a toilet paper tube, which is the choking hazard threshold.

Many suppliers are out, this surprised me as I never see them in stores.  At one time Cracker Jack would enclose them as a toy.  Now all Cracker Jack toys are made of paper.  No longer can a couple get engaged using a Cracker Jack ring.  Even certain cereals would enclose one in the cereal box.  During those days I would collect the cards between the shredded wheat biscuits.  They had all sorts of information on how to set snares as traps etc.

Then I find that the 101st Screaming Eagles during World War II use a form of the cricket.  The 101st Airborne Cricket: For the first time since 1944 the 'Acme' toy clicker is available again. This little device which was carried by the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division into France on D-Day June 6th 1944 was originally known as the 'No.470 clicker' by manufacturers J Hudson and Co Ltd of Birmingham England but quickly came to be called the 'cricket' by the airborne paratroopers.

The cricket is being made once more. Not only that, they are being made by the original company, in the original factory, on the original machines and using the original dies.  Now what do I have to say about that?  I say “I need one and I need it now.”  That is my consumerism rising to the surface of my psyche.   Now I need to know what kind I want?  They come in brass, nickle plated, aged or distressed so they look like they were used in WWII, last is gold plated.  They also have books on the history of clickers but I can do without one of those.  I just want to push down and hear the Click-click as the metal strip depresses and returns to original shape.  Yikes, sticker shock, they cost 20 to 40 English pounds, perhaps I should set my sites on something smaller.

My father was a member of the 101st Airborne, “the Screaming Eagles.”  He was awarded a purple heart, Presidential Unit Citation, many campaign ribbons, the Belgian Croix de Guerre, the (European, African, Middle Eastern) metal with 3 battle stars, plus some lesser ribbons and of course the paratrooper wings.

During my military career I also won a Presidential Unit Citation, my favorite ribbon, and I was a member of the precursor to all the Combat Communications units of today. (The First Mob)  I had four rows of what I usually called Micky Mouse ribbons as just about all were very common.  Like good conduct, both USAF and USN, sharpshooter etc., The AF commendation with 3 oak leafs might not be quite Mickey Mouse as they counted extra for promotion.  I did however have a pocket rocket or a missile badge as they are called which I liked as not too many people were able to wear one.

OK lets face it, my cheapness psyche clicked in so I went to eBay and found three crickets for $10 which included shipping.

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I am not a wizard with knowledge about this week’s invention but I have done a few experiments with color as I was part of a group making a statue that wanted to match the soil around the Texas town of San Angelo.  The company who paid for the statue was Hemphill Wells Inc.  The statue was to represent industry surrounding the city itself, like sheep, cattle, oil, etc.  The company went belly up in the early 80's and it is now the town library.  To see the roughly three to four story statue visit this Google map.

 https://www.google.com/maps/@31.4616636,-100.4383937,3a,75y,70.25h,93.62t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1shJF3dmVhznU60DaNIci2PA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

To change the color of cement you can use different colors of cement along with different colors of sand.  The experiment took a couple of days as we mixed very small batches and needed the cement to totally dry to see what color we actually made.   After keeping track of the mix we adjusted the sand amount more to get the exact match wanted.

Cement is not exciting.  In fact, a popular analogy to describe a really boring activity is watching cement dry.  However, there is greatness behind the powdery substance that has been used as the basis of concrete for centuries.  The Roman Colosseum could not have been made without early interpretations of cement.  The Hoover Dam, the largest concrete project in the world, stands as a modern testament to its brilliance, as do millions of miles of roadways and sidewalks and countless skyscraper and bridges.

Common materials used to manufacture cement include limestone, shells, and chalk or marl, combined shale, clay, slate, blast furnace slag, silica sand and iron ore.  When baked a high temperatures, these ingredients result in a chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other ingredients.  This rocklike substance, called clinker, which looks like gray balls the size of marbles, is then ground into fine powder we recognize as cement.

Bricklayer and contractor Joseph Aspdin of Leeds, England, was not looking for fame or a place in the history books when he began seeking a substance that would bind bricks together in a predictable, dependable fashion.  However, after some experimentation, that is exactly what he got.  Aspdin hit upon a strong, binding, water proof building material by pulverizing limestone and clay together, then heating the mixture in a kiln and grinding the resulting clinkers into powder.  The balance between calcium, iron, silicon, and aluminum produced the substance he desired.

Aspdin patented his discovery, which he named Portland cement after the color of local Portland stones, in 1824.  When the cement was used by local engineers Isambard Brunet and Joseph Bazalgette, it not only made Aspdin famous, but also changed the course of history and the world we live in along the way.  Brunel used the new material as a foundation in the building of the Thames River tunnel in the 1830s and other railways tunnels, while Bazalgette used it to build the London sewer system (1859-1867).  The projects were strong and enduring.

In modern times, engineers of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, located in Dabai in the United Arab Emirates, utilized 431600 cubic yards of concrete for its construction, (Sometimes used interchangeably, these terms do not mean the same Cement is the bonding agent within concrete, which also contains stone, sand and water.)  Aspidn’s innovation continues to reach new heights.

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I have notice of late that my faith in Trump has been wavering, not toward Hillary as she is far worse.  But I started thinking about while asking for some help to reelect Paul Ryan, Trump said, “I’m not ready to get on that band wagon yet.”   Trump wants 100% or nothing.

I am not sure if you remember last month when Ryan was asked if he was going to support Trump he said, “ I’m not ready to get on that band wagon yet.”

This is exactly what I would do.  It is “quid pro quo.”   I did get an email that totally sets forth my opinion of the Donald.

WHAT ARE MY CHOICES?

              The folks speaking out against Trump are helping me make up my mind a little more every day!

Is he the Perfect Candidate whose thoughts mirrors mine on all fronts? NOPE

Does he say everything the way I wish he would say it? NOPE

Am I absolutely sure that his motives are absolutely Pure? NOPE

Can I point to any other Dem Politician that I like better? NOPE

Is there any of the other RINO Politicians I like better? NOPE

Am I going to sit home, refuse to Vote, and let Hillary win; because he is NOT Perfect? NOPE

Do I like what I have seen for the last 7-1/2 years with the person that sleeps in our  White House? NOPE

Do I like the "fundamental changes" that same person has brought about in my America? NOPE

OK, your turn to decide what you are going to do in about 4 months!

Trump's presidential qualifications…

Obama is against Trump... Check

The Media are against Trump... Check

The establishment Democrats are against Trump... Check

The establishment Republicans are against Trump... Check

The Pope is against Trump... Check

The UN is against Trump... Check

The EU is against Trump... Check

China is against Trump... Check

Mexico is against Trump... Check

Soros is against Trump... Check

Black Lives Matter is against Trump... Check

Move On is against Trump... Check

Koch Brothers against Trump...Check

Bushes are against Trump ... Check

Planned Parenthood is against Trump....Check

Hillary & Bernie are both against Trump ... Check

Illegal aliens are against Trump ... Check

Islam is against Trump ... Check

Kasich is against Trump ... Check

Hateful, racist, violent Liberals are against Trump.. Check

NOW THAT BEING SAID...

It seems to me, Trump MUST BE the Best Qualified Candidate we could ever have.

If you have so many political insiders and left wing NUT CASES--- all SCARED TO DEATH, that they all speak out against him at the same time!

Most of all, it will be the People's Choice...

PLUS

He's not a Lifetime Politician...Check

He's not a Lawyer.....Check

He's not doing it for the money...Check

He is a Natural Born American Citizen born in the USA from American parents. .

Bonus points !

Whoopi says she will leave the country...

Rosie says she will leave the country...

Sharpton says he will leave the country...

Cher says she will leave the country...

Cyrus says she will leave the country...

The Constitution and the Bill of Rights will prevail....

Hillary will go to jail.....

The budget will be balanced in 8 years....

mericans will have first choice at jobs.....

You will not be able to marry your pet....

You will be able to keep your gun(s) if you qualify...(Not a criminal or crazy, etc.)

Only living, registered U.S. citizens can vote....

MUST SHOW ID TO VOTE...

You can have and keep your own doctor.....

You can say whatever you want without being called a racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, etc....

He will make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

Come to think of it, we have no place to go, but UP!...

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!!!!!!!

Pass it on and God Bless America!!

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This to me was very funny and if you wish to see a picture to go with it. . . go to this web site http://www.snopes.com/photos/technology/nailgun.asp . . . sorry to say it is not true.


If You Rather Not Have A Gun In The House, and want to play it safe. Then go DeWalt.

In view of the recent Supreme Court ruling, sales of this new product may skyrocket.

Washington thinks they are going to take away our guns, so check this out. I like it!

NAIL GUNS! AND, you don't even have to REGISTER them or have LICENSES for them!

AND, you don't have to worry about them being CONCEALED!

Just a LOT of good stuff to do with THIS!

Once in a while something so totally cool comes out that even a guy who doesn't normally even know what he'd like for Father's Day or Christmas would immediately ask for it:

Thank you, DeWalt!!!

New Nail Gun, made by DeWalt.  It can drive a 16-D nail through a 2x4 at 200 yards.

This makes construction a breeze, you can sit in your lawn chair and build a fence.

Hundred round magazine.

Someone invades your home, just nail their ass.

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Writing at the always excellent Washington Free Beacon, Adam Kredo notes that Iran is openly bragging about the large cash payout our weak willed, embarrassing president handed them on a silver platter


Iranian television has broadcast what some say is purported footage of the $400 million pallets of cash that officials claim was part of the “expensive price” paid by the Obama administration to free several U.S. hostages.

The footage, which could not be independently verified, shows images of large stacks of hard currency and features claims that the Obama administration sent this money over as part of an effort to free several U.S. hostages. The White House vehemently denied these claims this week following new reports about the cash exchange.

BBC Persian reporter Hadi Nili posted the footage on Twitter, describing it as showing the “pallets of cash” and quoting officials as saying “this was just part of the ‘expensive price’ to release Americans.”

The footage, which is from an Iranian documentary published a few months ago, contradicts claims by Obama administration officials maintaining that the payment was completely unrelated to the release of these U.S. hostages, despite the payment having been supplied on the same day these individuals were freed by Iran.

The Iranian regime continues to exist at the pleasure of the United States. Regime change is an absolute last resort, as Iraq and Afghanistan have taught us, but it is entirely possible. But the Iranian regime's continued provocation of the Obama Administration and the Obama regime's  subsequent capitulation to blatant acts of aggression is a total and absolute disgrace that suggests the administration understands that the Obama Administration will always place an ideological aversion to conflict of any sort above the interests of the American people.

Source: American Action News

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See many of you at 1100 hours for exercise, note the conversion to military time.

George

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